I thickened the mix and put in the smaller bits, it was well received this a.m. Ollie ate well this morning, he pooped another one of those mucousy jelly poops before breakfast-and last night while playing in the tub (he likes to snorkel in a dish of water and hop and slide in puddles) He still plays normally and is not exhibiting any signs of discomfort.
Ollie still has little appetite, and hasn't eaten a wing in over a week:( They all have the jelly poops now, looks like mucous. I am only using 10% liver, maybe more eggshell? I am getting concerned because they were all litter box trained and now the are pooping everywhere, which I find to be odd. I have 1 teaspoon eggshell for every 4 oz meat ratio right now.
This p.m. when I got home, there were no "accidents" and some of the poops had form to them. I wonder if maybe there was too much liver in a batch by accident or something? Ollie munched his chicken wing tonight, so I feel better about things now:)
Protest poops likely! They seem to be enjoying the thicker soup, though they aren't finishing it all anymore (I think it is more filling)I have increased the piece size slightly, about the size of my pinky fingernail. I will fix my recipe notes on that eggshell- Thanks I fuss over their food so much my hubby is getting jealous, however he has declined my offer of soupie this evening
The larger size is going well, I am just putting in 1/4 oz of the puree the rest is bits. They haven't seemed to notice, other than Maisey-Mae. She has realized she can take her pieces upstairs to the tube and eat it in there I put a small piece of heart in each bowl and they ate it up
Post by sherrylynne on May 9, 2010 11:15:21 GMT -5
I think this is a good time to introduce some other meats now! You can try Pork, lamb, beef, turkey, whatever you can find. Just cut the new one into slightly smaller pieces, and mix them up with the meat they are used to.
Would the same rule apply if I were to prefer to feed lower on the food chain, such as frozen pinkie mice, rabbit, chicks etc? I should sneak small bits in with the chicken- I have frozen mice at all stages and can order the others. I think I read somewhere you recommend I think 5 different proteins, so what would you suggest for small prey for variety? I am able to get just about anything.
Post by sherrylynne on May 11, 2010 22:58:14 GMT -5
actually, it's a minimum of 3 different proteins, but the more they get, the better. And definitely- start them with whatever they'll take! I had to start with pinkies chopped up and mixed in, simply because they didn't recognize anything like that as food. And fur put them off with a vengeance If yours will take intact pinkies, all the better! And any whole prey is good. From insects up to rabbits! What I'm able to get hold of is mice, all ages, rabbits all ages. Same with rats. And a perennial favourite is d/o chicks The fighting, hissing, barking that goes on over those is mind boggling! I have a problem with worms of any kind, so needless to say I don't feed those. But they are really healthy for them. As are crickets, grasshoppers, etc.
They are not interested in bugs at all, and I cannot bring myself to chop them (ew) -pinky mice ok as long as I mince them, I tried tho whole ones at first and they eat around them like I tried to feed them a rock or something! Just thought I should check in... Have a nice weekend
Post by sherrylynne on May 21, 2010 9:07:36 GMT -5
Thanks for checking in! I don't feed insects usually. Worms of any kind creep me out I have bought canned crickets and grasshoppers(yes- you can get them canned), but they eat a couple, and then aren't interested any more. And hubby flatly refuses to let me bring live ones in, so that's out